Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool
Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool Pocket.
This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.
Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire, a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but not limited to): foul plots, counterplots, true love, jealousy, murder, betrayal, revenge, codpieces, three mysterious locked boxes, a boatload of gold, a pound of flesh, occasional debauchery, and water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a bunch of other guys whose names end in "o"; a trio of comely wenches—Desdemona, Jessica, Portia; the brilliant Fool; his large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (yes, there's always a bloody ghost).
Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.
“Shakespeare and Poe might be rolling in their graves, but theyre rolling with laughter. Christopher Moore is one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive.” Carl Hiaasen, < i=""> New York Times <> bestselling author of a whole bunch of excellent books, including < i=""> Bad Monkey <> , < i=""> Nature Girl <> , and < i=""> Sick Puppy <> on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“Fans who enjoyed the rollicking play within a play of Fool or the historical whimsy of Sacré Bleu will find many of the same gifts here . . . from one of Americas most original humorists.” < i=""> Kirkus Reviews <> on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“Fans of Fool will be overjoyed to rejoin Pocket and company . . . for their latest adventure, and newcomers will find that Shakespeare isnt nearly as dry and dusty as they thought, at least not when Moore is at the helm. Library Journal (starred review) on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“Moores imaginative storytelling, bawdy prose, puns aplenty . . . succeed in transforming two classical tragedies into outrageously farcical entertainment.” Publishers Weekly on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
Moores greatest asset is his skill with language. Readers with a certain Monty Python nerdiness will rejoice in its hundreds of insults . . . and jokes. . . . [W]itty and wise . . . Serpent is a bright, quick novel.” (3 out of 4 stars) USA Today on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“The dialogue is extremely witty, and . . . you will laugh hard and find yourself hurling bawdy insults throughout the day, even if you dont say them out lout.” Louisville Courier Journal on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“Moore . . . is an excellent writer, and there are passages of prosePockets defense of Othello and the entire Pound-of-Flesh trialthat sparkle with Moores trademark wit and intelligence. Moores strength is his ability to appropriate supporting characters and make them wholly his own creations. Dallas Morning News on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“To get a sense of the tone, imagine the merry pranksters of Monty Python in their heyday taking off on Shakespeare while simultaneously trying to break the record for F-bombs currently held by The Wolf of Wall Street.” Tampa Bay Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“A gleeful and wonderfully strange mash-up. Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice, and Othello are its chief ingredients, with Edgar Allan Poes short story ‘The Cask of Amontillado thrown in. The result? An imaginative, wildly inspired satire.” Seattle Times on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“[Moore] brings back one of his favorite characters, Pocket from 2009s Fool. . . . Add a weirdly satisfying combo of literary in-jokes and low sex gags to the mix and what comes out of the Christopher Moore meat grinder is unique and sublime.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
“The Serpent of Venice is a remarkable reimagining of classic literature, churned through historical backgrounds and research and set to a different drum. Tragedy becomes comedy in this side-splitting, hair-raising adventure. . . . A piece of literary gold.” Bookreporter.com on THE SERPENT OF VENICE
Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal-Fool Pocket.
This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.
But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.
Greed, revenge, deception, lust, and a giant (but lovable) sea monster combine to create another hilarious and bawdy tale from modern comic genius, Christopher Moore.
Venice, a really long time ago . . . Pocket of Dog Snogging, the irresistibly mischievous hero of Fool
, finds himself in a spot of bother, having been lured to a dark dungeon by cunning plotters. Rather than enjoying a bottle of rare wine and a young lady of even rarer beauty as promised, Pocket finds himself naked, chained, and left to die in a watery cell. Just as he thinks it can't get any worse, he feels something
slither against his thigh and realizes he's not alone—someone or something is there in the dark with him . . .
Once again, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore illuminates the absurdity of the human condition in this satiric Venetian gothic that channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe (with a little Marco Polo thrown in for good measure) as only he can.
About the Author
Christopher Moore is the author of thirteen previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Sacré Bleu. He lives in San Francisco.